Tag:Felipe Lopez
Posted on: November 30, 2010 11:55 pm

Francisco, Frasor accept arbitration

Jason Frasor The Rangers' Frank Francisco and the Blue Jays' Jason Frasor have accepted salary arbitration, the Major League Baseball Players Association announced Tuesday night. They were the only two of 27 arbitration-eligible free agents to accept.

Francisco and Frasor are both middle relievers and may have found themselves hamstrung by being Type A free agents and costing a draft pick to sign.

Turning down arbitration were Kevin Gregg, Octavio Dotel, Trevor Hoffman, Kevin Correia, Pedro Feliciano, Aaron Heilman, Brad Hawpe, Felipe Lopez, Scott Downs, Randy Choate, Grant Balfour, J.J. Putz, Carl Crawford, Rafael Soriano, Carl Pavano, Adrian Beltre, Chad Qualls, Cliff Lee, Jayson Werth, Adam Dunn, Jesse Crain, Orlando Hudson, Paul Konerko, Miguel Olivo and Adam LaRoche.

Those 25 players could still re-sign with their previous teams.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 23, 2010 6:08 pm

Red Sox decline to offer arbitration to Varitek

Varitek Could Jason Varitek's Red Sox career be coming to an end?

While not closing the books on his return, Boston declined to offer arbitration to the backstop, meaning Varitek cannot accept and bind both sides to a one-year deal.

Varitek's return to Boston actually improved Tuesday with the news that catcher Victor Martinez is inking a deal with the Tigers, but the continued declining of the arbitration offer even after that news broke speaks to how cautious Boston is being. Varitek would likely have gotten a slight bump over his 2010 salary of $3 million. As a Type B free agent, he could have brought Boston a supplemental first-rounder had he declined the offer of arbitration and signed elsewhere.

Meanwhile, the club also declined to offer arbitration to Bill Hall, closing the books on his onerous contract that was largely subsidized by the Brewers. Mike Lowell, a Type B free agent, was also not offered arbitration as the veteran is expected to retire.

Arbitration was offered to Martinez, Adrian Beltre and Felipe Lopez. With V-Mart's trek to Detroit, Boston will hold the No. 19 pick in the draft, unless Detroit signs a higher-profile free agent, which is unlikely. They also gain a supplemental first-round pick. The team is in shape to gain from Adrian Beltre's departure as well, if it happens, so Boston may be more willing to part with its own first-round pick as a result.

The last player to be offered arbitration was infielder Felipe Lopez, who likely has a gentleman's agreement with the club to decline. That gives the Red Sox a free pick after Lopez was released by the Cardinals late in the season and plucked up by Boston for the chance at the extra draft pick.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 24, 2010 2:08 pm

Report: Padres claim Felipe Lopez

Felipe Lopez The San Diego Padres have placed a waiver claim on Felipe Lopez, reports MLB.com .

Lopez was released by the Cardinals earlier this week, so the claiming was done on outright release waivers. If the Padres win the claim, which is likely, Lopez will serve as infield depth for the final games as the Pads make a push for the playoffs.

Lopez can play second, short or third base and has been known to get hot with the bat before. Even though Lopez has a .231/.310/.340 line for the Cardinals in 425 at-bats, his prior tenure in St. Louis was also as a late-season postseason acquisition. Lopez delivered in spades back in 2008, checking in with 169 PA and a scorching .385/.426/.538 mark. However, his immaturity and disregard for the game has contributed to Lopez joining his seventh team in 10 seasons.

The Padres currently have David Eckstein at second, Miguel Tejada at short and Chase Headley at third. Backups include Everth Cabrera and Jerry Hairston, Jr. although Hairston was just diagnosed with an injury that ended his season and Cabrera can't hit to save his life. In fact, it's surprising the Giants or Rockies didn't put in a claim to block the Padres.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 21, 2010 5:14 pm
Edited on: September 21, 2010 5:31 pm

Cards send Lopez home

Felipe Lopez The Cardinals have released infielder Felipe Lopez, MLB.com's Matthew Leach tweets .

At first, in one of the odder wordings of the day, the Cardinals said they had "sent Felipe Lopez home for the rest of the season," Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch wrote .

Hummel wrote Tony La Russa "did not give a full explanation other than to say the team would be playing more of its younger players" the rest of the season.

Lopez hit .231/.310/.340 with seven homers and 36 RBI this season. He was signed to a one-year, $1 million contract during spring training.

Lopez will be looking for his seventh different team this offseason. He was on his second stint with the Cardinals, finishing the 2008 season in St. Louis after he was released by the Nationals at the trading deadline. He's apparently worn out his welcome in St. Louis.

Lopez signed with the Diamondbacks before the 2008 season, then traded to the Brewers in July 2009.

Lopez's vagabond past goes hand-in-hand with a  reputation in the game as being a selfish player and not a good teammate. At his best, he's been an All-Star (albeit the lone representative from a bad Reds team in 2005), but he's also been moody and sullen at times when not playing or not hitting well.

In the end, the former first-rounder is too talented not to get a shot somewhere, but don't expect a winning team to take that chance. Instead, it'll be a team looking for a bargain-basement utility infielder.

UPDATE: Hummel's story is updated and notes Cardinals GM John Mozeliak confirmed part of the reason Lopez was released was because he was late for Monday's game in Florida.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 16, 2010 10:25 am
Edited on: August 16, 2010 12:14 pm

Cardinals losing patience with Lopez

Felipe Lopez Tony La Russa is the latest manager to lose his confidence in Felipe Lopez.

Lopez had started 36 of 39 games since David Freese went down and initially played well. From June 28 to July 22, he saw his line improve from .242/.322/.389 before that game to .274/.343/.407. Since then, he's hit .171/.276/.237.

On Sunday, rookie Allen Craig made his first start at third base.

"I don't think this is really doing [Craig] a justice," La Russa told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . "It's one of those moves you make because you have to make it, not because you want to make it. I don't hesitate to make it because I really think this guy is a game, a talented gamer. … It's not really good for our club if he has to do it."

Strauss notes Lopez has said his elbow -- which had put him not he DL earlier this season -- hasn't been a problem, but his throwing from third base "has become increasingly erratic."

Lopez has been a baseball vagabond throughout his career -- with enough talent to tease clubs, but enough baggage to have them pass on him.

Lopez broke intuit he big leagues with Toronto in 2001 and was traded to Cincinnati before the 2003 season. The Reds traded him during the 2006 season to the Nationals, who released him in 2008, when he signed with the Cardinals.

After the 2008 season, Lopez was a free agent, signing with the Diamondbacks. In the middle of 2009, he was traded to Milwaukee before becoming a free agent and signing with the Cardinals during spring training.

If the Cardinals want to go to the outside for help, Strauss mentioned Brandon Inge. Edwin Encarnacion has reportedly already cleared waivers, and other options include Chone Figgins, Wes Helms and others. Ty Wigginton would be unlikely to get to the Cardinals on waivers.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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